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Weekly Update – June 1st

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you

~ Walt Whitman

Extension of School Closure

On Tuesday, May 19, the Ministry of Education announced that it is extending the school closure period for all students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While it saddens us deeply to know that we will not be returning to finish off the school year together face-to-face, we understand that this decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Teacher-led Distance Learning will continue via our virtual platforms for the remainder of the school year. As Mr. Daly stated in his email to parents, “Our focus since the beginning of this period of extended school closure has been to keep the health and well-being of our students, families and staff at the forefront, while providing continuity of learning for our students that is flexible and accessible. During this time, many of our teachers have explored a variety of teaching strategies and formats to engage students in distance learning.”

Our staff will continue to work diligently to engage our students in meaningful learning for the rest of the school year. With the nicer weather upon us, it may become more difficult to motivate our students to continue with their learning. We hope that you will continue to encourage them to engage with the learning in our virtual classrooms because we believe the connection between home and school is invaluable. We have emailed parents to offer some extra assistance through our special education department. Please email Mrs. Stone if you would like your child to receive this extra support. We also welcome your continued feedback so that we can better meet your children’s learning needs by adapting our practice.

Access to Schools to Gather Personal Belongings

We know that when and how you will be able to retrieve your children’s personal belongings is on many of your minds. The school board is currently working with the Halton Region Public Health Department to plan a protocol for parents to access our school safely to gather any personal belongings that were left behind prior to the school closure. Once we have been given a protocol that will ensure everyone’s safety, we will be communicating that with you.

School Yearbooks & Agendas

Information on ordering School Yearbooks and the 2020-2021 School Agendas has been posted on our website under announcements (you can click the hyperlink in this message to bring you there directly). Both of these items are available for purchase from June 1st-June 22nd through School Cash Online.

ISW Uniform Sale

Please see the following link on our web page for information on a June uniform sale, and ways to order uniforms online.

Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8

The Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education will be offering Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for HCDSB students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. There will be two sessions; Session 1 will run from July 6 – July 17, 2020, and Session 2 will run from July 20 – July 31, 2020.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Therefore, both Session 1 and Session 2 programs will be offered through a Distance Learning format.

For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs. Online registration is available for Session 1 and Session 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning

The completed online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020

Grade 8 Graduation

Our Intermediate teachers have been meeting virtually to strategize how best to honour and celebrate our graduates in a safe and meaningful way. We are currently in the beginning planning stages for a virtual ceremony to take place at the end of June. Information and updates have been emailed to the Garde 8 parents, and we will continue to consult with the students and parents as we organize this milestone event.

Catholic Graduate Expectations

We continue to focus these next few weeks on one of the Catholic Graduate Expectations of becoming a Self-Directed, Responsible, Lifelong Learner. Here are some questions to reflect on as you work through this expectation: Are you an effective communicator by expressing what your learning needs are? Do you use a decision-making model to help you plan? Are you prioritizing your tasks so you are able to effectively manage your time? Are you taking initiative and demonstrating Christian Leadership? One way you can meet that expectation is to participate in, and reflect on, the weekly online masses at St. Andrew Parish

Family Support

Please remember to take care of your health and the well-being of your family. Halton Region has provided an updated resource for families to refer to if in need of assistance:

The Board also continues to provide many helpful resources listed on their website.

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